ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) Possibility of farmers' strike was 1st raised in September in Colorado; is raised again in Texas.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Amarillo, Texas) Group of Texas farmers take tractors down interstate to Amarillo, saying they'll strike in December for 100% of parity. Details of farmers' demands noted. Drought in part of Texas hit some farmers here doubly, as there is also problem of overproduction in some crops. [Joe ALBRACHT - describes own financial situation.] In Amarillo, Texas farmers are joined by farmers from OK, Kansas, and other states; petitions are signed asking President Carter and Congress to hold field hearings with regard to plight of farmers next month [Texas agriculture commission Regan BROWN - sends message to people of NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco that they'll be hungry if farmers aren't heeded.] For strike to be effective, many farmers will have to participate, something American farmer has never done. These hope that threat of strike will be enough to persuade government to help.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy
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